Lars Hanson was the founder of Walnut Grove, the first person people ask when they need a job or to sell their farms. He was also a town elder.He was a good friend of Charles, Dr Baker, Rev Alden, and Nels. When the Ingalls, Garveys, and Olesons return to Walnut Grove they find a ghost town. Lars is ill and tells Charles the town can't be saved. But with everyone's help it's returned it to its former glory. Lars died months later happy. Played by Karl Swenson (23 Jul 1908 – 08 Oct 1978)
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Plum Creek is originally where the Ingalls family resided. This was were Grace was born. Their farm and barn were also located there. A small creek, or stream rather was not far away from the house and barn, they bought the property from Lars Hanson. Years later, the Carter family: John and Sarah and their two sons Jeb and Jason moved into the little house.